Founded in August 2010 the Newport Rowing Club is a local organization with the mission to provide education, training, instruction, and participation in amateur rowing while developing the healthy minds, bodies, and character of student athletes.
John Cohn was named Head Coach in August 2010. John comes to us with experience rowing at the Miami Beach Rowing Club, University of Delaware and the Pennsylvania Athletic Club, where he won the USRowing National Championships and Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. He was also selected for the US Maccabi Games Rowing Team in 2007. John was assistant Head Coach at WYRA from 2008-2010 and coached the Senior Lightweights for Penn AC’s prestigious summer program in 2009. John is co-founder of Newport Rowing Club and is a US Junior National Team Coach and administrator for its Jr. Men's Camp Development Damp at Bates College, ME, for Junior National “hopefuls.”
Born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI, Naomi first encountered rowing her freshman year of college. She joined the rowing team at the University of Cincinnati as a coxswain for the women's team and continued coxing for all four years of her eligibility. As a college freshman she placed first at the Marietta Regatta in the Women's Novice 8+. The following years, she and her fellow rowers put the University of Cincinnati Women's team back on the map, including making it to the grand finals at ACRA in the Women's Varsity 8+. After college she continued as a coxswain for multiple boats at Wilmington Rowing Center. She coxed a women's 4+ to a 2nd place finish at the Head of the Schulkyll in 2014, then returned the next year with the University of Delaware Alumni Women's 8+ to place first. She began at Newport Rowing Club as an assistant coach in the fall of 2015 and her love of the sport and the team lead her back for a full time position. Naomi has grown to love rowing passionately and is looking forward to instilling the same love of the sport in all the rowers she coaches.
Assistant Varsity Coach
Phone: (302) 998-4000
Mike started his rowing career at NRC in 2013, where he was recruited by Syracuse University. During his time at Syracuse he had the opportunity to compete at some of the most competitive rowing regattas in the world, including the IRA, Henley Royal Regatta, and the Under-23 World Championships in 2016. Mike was also a member of the Syracuse Varsity 8+, which finished in the top 10 at the IRA for his Junior and Senior years. Mike graduated this past spring with a degree in information management and technologies and is looking forward to being apart of the program again.
Middle School Coach
Phone: (302) 998-4000
A Newport Rowing Club alumna, Erin first cultivated her love for rowing as a sophomore at Padua Academy. Beginning as a non-competitive rower and moving up to compete in varsity competitions in her senior year, she raced in a Women’s Lightweight 4+ in the 2013 US Rowing Youth National Championships. She graduated from the University of Delaware and has now returned to NRC to continue her rowing career as the middle school coach, hoping to inspire the same love for the sport that she found as a young athlete.
Karen Cunningham has had the opportunity to work with middle and high school students for the last 30 years with her job teaching in the Garnet Valley School District. She made her way to NRC through her daughter, Maggie, who rowed at NRC during her four years at Padua. She loved the sport so much that she continues to row at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh
Team Mascot and Very Good Boy
Judah's been with the team since August of 2013 and has been a major contributor since day 1. His responsibilities include greeting folks at the door, helping athletes with their crunches, and demonstrating proper nap technique.